Grammar GuideIdiomsShould you use 'de jure' or 'de juro'?

Should you use 'de jure' or 'de juro'?

Should you use 'de jure' or 'de juro'?

De jure is a Latin phrase that can be used in English to mean 'in law'.

De jure often occurs contrasted with 'de facto' meaning 'in practice'. i.e. something can be the answer in law, but not in practice. Because 'facto' ends in an 'o', and because of their close association, people sometimes mistakenly write de juro.